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Veteran-Owned Business Definition

Veteran Owned is a company level diversity registration. The Department of Defense issued DD214 should be used as proof of an individual's service in the military.

Generally this certification is non-industry specific but requires that the company is at least 51% owned, operated and controlled by a veteran. There may be additional requirements related to the size of the organization.

Organizations wishing to become verified as a veteran owned business can submit an application to the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA). The application will be reviewed and the business will be evaluated for eligibility. The process takes approximately 90 days to complete. If the decision on eligibility is unfavorable, the organization may appeal the process for reconsideration.


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